Unequal Fortunes Snapshots from the South Bronx

ISBN-10: 0807750751
ISBN-13: 9780807750759
Edition: 2010
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Description: In this powerful book, Arthur Levine (president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation) and coauthor Laura Scheiber revisit the South Bronx, where Levine grew up in the 1960s, and compare his experiences with those of a group of teenagers coming of age in  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 11/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In this powerful book, Arthur Levine (president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation) and coauthor Laura Scheiber revisit the South Bronx, where Levine grew up in the 1960s, and compare his experiences with those of a group of teenagers coming of age in the same neighborhood nearly 40 years later. Shaken by the violent death of Leo Disla, one of the young men in his group, Levine and Scheiber explore what happened to Leo and how society failed him. In this compelling account, we meet Leo’s family and friends and learn about his hopes and fears. We witness the devastating effects of poverty and racism: low-wage, dead-end jobs; inadequate housing; high crime rates; appalling schools; violence; drugs; a broken legal system; prison; and underage funerals. The authors not only tell Arthur’s and Leo’s stories, but struggle to explain why their lives were so starkly different. They focus on the new social realities that have shaped Levine’s old neighborhood, and they conclude with the lessons that must be learned if we are to help today’s disenfranchised children and restore to them the American Dream of a better, richer, and happier life."

Levine is president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City.

Arthur Levine, president, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and president emeritus of Teachers College, Columbia University; and Laura Scheiber, Ph.D. Candidate in comparative and international education, Teachers College, Columbia

Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Arthur's Story
Arthur's Family
Arthur's Neighborhood
Arthur's Education
Leaving the Bronx
A Homecoming
Leo's Story
Leo's Parents
Leo's Neighborhood and His Education
Leo's Girlfriend, Ana
Leo's Sister, Maholi
Leo's Brother, Lisandro
Leo's Friend, Aneudys
No Way Out
What Changed?
The Old Neighborhood Meets the New
Reviving the American Dream
The Anomalies
Extending the American Dream
Epilogue: Where Are They Now?
Notes
Bibliography
About the Authors

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